Category Archives: scrappy quilt top

Aug.21…. Yogurt making,and a unwanted critter

I make yogurt ,have made a lot of yogurt in my time. When the children were all at home ,and we had a cow, I made yogurt by the quarts. I now only do it in pints. It is a good food to have on hand when Leona is having a bad day ,and her throat muscles are weak. Here is how I do it,and it is really very easy to do.

I put two qts of whole milk in a heavier pan with 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin . Let it set for about 3 minutes so the gelatin can  absorb the cold milk so it mixes in the milk good. Cook the milk until it reaches the temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. I stir the milk often so as not to stick to the pan.

Remove pan from burner, add 3/4 cup of sugar,with 1/2 teaspoon  of vanilla . Stir well,and place pan in cool water in the sink. Bring the temperature down to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 3/4 cup of yogurt with live ,active cultures. Plain Greek yogurt works great. I freeze extra in 3/4 cup proportions for when I run out of my own yogurt. Just thaw out the yogurt before using. Pour into pint jars,I like to use glass as I can make sure it is a good clean jar. Then it is to be kept warm at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hrs. You can use your oven,or electric pressure cooker,or in kitchen sink with warm water which is a bit more time consuming for you have to watch the temperature of the water close. If using an oven put jars in a bowl of water it helps even the temperature around the jars. I have also used a cooler with a heating pad in it ,once again one needs to keep an eye on temperature if it gets too warm then you will have more of a custard than yogurt ,also your cultures are killed.

After 6 hrs refrigerate the yogurt… Enjoy with what ever topping you like.

And now the unwanted critter!! This was in the shed where the four wheelers and tractors are kept. Thankfully our little Jack Russell is more alert as to what is around her feet then I am! A sharp alarm bark brought the male Jack Russell mix to her aid and me scrambling out of the way!! Needless to say the dogs took care of the snake for me in short order. Which I learned later was a red belly water snake.

Meet Wiggles..who sounded the alarm

She wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to get a good picture.

The log cabin blocks are done . I was laying some down to play with how I want it to look. The first way of laying down some blocks has no reason or was supposed too but I needed more of a sharp contrast of colors instead of a scappy color mix.

The next layout had more of a pattern, which I like.

Have a wonderful week friends, Deb

July,17th.. A quick trip

My weeks plan was completely changed from what I had thought it would be!! We received a call from Hubby’s mama that aunt Grace had quickly passed away. They think that she had ALS, she had been in a wheelchair for two years because of her back which gave her a lot of pain. The disease slowly work is way up to her lungs and she died from carbon dioxide as she could breathe in but not out. 

So… A funeral was quickly a part of my weeks plans. The part that I wasn’t looking forward to was the part that it was in Ohio… A 13 hr drive….. We were also very limited to how long we could be gone for my girl wasn’t feeling good ( not a good week for her either) . We couldn’t leave until  Thursday night until middle daughter came to care for Leona..we left at 7:30 ..arrived out in Ohio in time to wipe the tired wrinkles from the eyes and fresh clothes for the Funeral at 10:00 Friday morning.

Now hubby has many cousins in that area,  so after the funeral, it became party time ! Even uncle Henry enjoyed the action all around him,and joined in.  We finally saw a bed at 12:30 am Saturday. Slept until 7:30 then on the go again to have breakfast with cousins. One of the cousins and I decided to check out some yard sales that looked like fun. And they were fun! πŸ˜„ find a small portable ironing board to go beside my sewing machine! πŸ‘πŸ‘    Left for home around noon and arrived before 1:00am Sunday morning. Oh… Let me tell you that my bed felt wonderful!! 

When traveling there were was wonderful moments that were breath taking! First one…

It reminded me of a person praying on their knees.

Second one…

The camera doesn’t near catch the colors.

Then the cousin that I went to the yard sales with shared her quilts that she had….

This one was from her great grandma… Don’t you love those little blocks!! Date of quilt 1920’s

The back of quilt

Quilt 2 .. This one was from a elderly lady that she worked for..

I didn’t get a picture of the whole quilt… Limited time πŸ™…. It was mostly feedsack fabric and in excellent shape!! Also like how she put little stripes between the four patch blocks. Date of quilt .. Probably 1930’s

Have a great week ! Deb

July 10th… More ties and flowers

I made a goal to get eight quilt top together. Well…. I didn’t make that goal…. I did get 6 quilt top sewn and tied. They didn’t get the binding finished though.

Here they are……

I might not have reached my goal but I’m tickled with what I did get done. Now time to take a walk though the flowerbed..



dwarf zinna

purple cone flower

tiger lily





canna lily


canna lily

Have a great week! Deb

July 2, a knotted quilt

I  know there’s information on how to knot a quilt,even YouTube tutorials ,so why am I writing another?! 

I  love a knotted quilt. They are so charming with their “home sweet home ” look. I learned to knot a quilt way before I learn to quilt one. I have used just about every kind of fabric in them from upholstery,men’s ties,knit polyester ,corduroy ,flannel and cotton. 

I have cut blocks out of top sheets ,shirts,skirts,and jeans. It is also a good way to use little balls of yarn that you have laying around and not sure what to do with.

I used to knot the quilts on the floor, that’s when I was, now I do it on my table. My knees like me better for it.:)

Let’s start…

First I put something down on the table to protect it from the sharp needle point. I use old calendars that hubby gets from business companies. They are made of heavier paper but not as thick cardboard.

I tape it down with packing tape. Then lay down the backing using the tape to stretch the backing out nicely so there are no wrinkles. Packing tape is nice to use for it pulls up  nicely when you need to reposition the quilt.

Now that the backing is stretched out nice and smooth,with a three inch hang over on the one long side of table , the other side is hanging almost to the floor or on the floor depending on the size of your quilt. You want the hang over so you have room to make your binding. Be sure to give three to four inches on the other three sides also for the binding.

Then comes the batting ,lay it to the edge of table where you have the three inch hang over.smooth out the wrinkles but don’t tape it down.

Lay quilt top on batting leaving at little bit of batting sticking out around the edges  as shown in photo.

Now you are ready to start knotting. 

I use quilting gloves,it helps with pulling the needle though,ones hands don’t get so tired,or sore.

When threading your needle cut your yarn to a point ^ ,pitching the threads flat..threads easier that way.

I go from one block to the next like this before knotting.

Then I knot the rows that are over the calendar mat. Pull the tap up from backing ,pull the hold quilt several more rows over,( the side that had about three inches hanging over the side) retape the backing down…keeping everything smoothed out.

After the knotting is finished,trim off extra batting ,measure 1.5 inches from the quilt top on the backing for your binding.

Trim,fold ,pin binding then sew using a fancy stitch or a straight stitch. Ta da! Finished

The back of quilt..

I have several more of these to sew together this week. Well… Not several….eight of them. My goal is to get all of them done this week.. At least tops all sewn together πŸ˜ƒ  Be a good week for it ,for its to be a hot week.

Happy July 4 th to all !!πŸ˜„ 


Feb.28th,a fairyland and a quilt

Yesterday hubby and I went to a home and garden show. It was a lovely day for it,Sunny and  in the 60’s.

There were many interesting things to see ,and learn,fun to pick up flyers for tips on gardening. The best thing there though was this little garden display,it was delightful!!


I did get to do some sewing ,as the quilts need to go out this weekend.

I had a pile of scraps that were small strips. I just stacked the strips and started to sew they together until about 7″ long.

Trimmed up the block to 6 1/2″ then sewn together with a plain blue block.

 Then five little puppies arrived … Jack Russell Terrier,and Terrier mix. Life is going to get interesting until they are able to be put into good homes. 

Found this in the material box of grandmas fabric,it was folded in a piece of fabric. It is plain  cotton muslin. I think I will frame this. I wonder if it was a pattern or something Grandma never finish…..what ever the case it is not going to be cut up for a quilt.:)

Take care friends, Deb


Feb.15 th, sticks, cookies,and scraps

This week was a good week for trimming up trees before the weather turns warm. So with lots of limbs on the ground,PopPop and MomMom needed some help from three young boys.  


After working so hard then ,they sat down to the table for warm chocolate chip cookies which they also help to make . 

From cookies to trampoline…no wonder those boys stay thin… Wished I had half the energy!

This week I also worked on some more scrap quilt tops for one of the church ladies sewing circle that I sew for.

Here’s the basket full of scraps, hopefully by the time I’m done there will be only a few pieces left.

One top almost finished ,have a black border to put on the top and bottom yet. 

There were lots of little strips , so I made some strip blocks, 4 1/2 by 6 1/2  more on that later as I’m still cutting up pieces.

I did finish sewing this top with hearts.


This picture was sent to me from my second daughter,who is taking care of My Mom until she’s feeling a little better. The picture was take from the hospital window.

I just love those Angels!!

Have a lovely week friends,Deb

Feb.7th, a quilty week

After a busy time of  butchering and stacks of dirty pans,pots, knives,and grinder parts, I was more than ready to wipe the kitchen clean and step out of it. 

As I step into the sewing room even my machine greeted me warmly ( sometimes if I ignore her because of laziness she gets an attitude) she ran smoothly all week for me.πŸ˜„

First I finished up my mother in laws top, and the other siblings of hubby’s want to send it to a long arm quilter so as to have it done by her birthday in May.  As much as I would like to hand quilt it, I agree that it needs to get to her so she can enjoy it longer.

The next thing done didn’t  take long,and will make a nice light quilt … Maybe a picnic quilt for a baby to lay on.

Then another quick one, it is a youth bed size.

Next quilt will not be a quick one. I wanted to make something with hearts in it… 

I had some wrapping paper that you would put in a gift bag that wasn’t nice enough to use any more so I decided to use it up. I pulled out the embroidery machine, oiled it up , and being to make 72 blocks. 

First I cut my blocks out to the right size , then smoothed out the wrapping paper as best I could. 

Then glued the block to the paper. The glue was applied to the block’s outside edges. Put into the hoop

Although the fabric isn’t stuck out all around the hoop like the paper ,glueing it keeps it tight so that is kinda of sounds like a drum when you tap on it. It stitches nice this way.

I have it all laid out ready to sew together.

I love it when hubby calls me when he is out of town on business… But this phone had a few complications.πŸ˜³πŸ˜„

Have a lovely week friends! Deb

Jan.8th, 2016… This weeks projectsΒ 

I have a finish up , an hurry up and a waiting to be done, on my list.

First the finished one . It is a rag quilt… I called it “now that’s purple”

Here is the back

Then I remembered that I needed to get busy on the top that I was making for my mother in law using her mothers scrap fabric. I want to work on this one really hard for Mama is 77. That is the hurry up one that’s to be completed..hand quilted included! 

It is half way pieced.

And the one waiting to be pieced…. 

My daughter in law gave me those pieces of fabric ,that she came across knowing I would use  them somehow.

I was able to get 12″  blocks cut from the pieces. I want to make a rag quilt out of this . I laid the top and bottom out on the bed.

I stacked them like this until I sit down to sew them.

We have had lots of dreary,rainy days,so this lady  needs a little  color from the summer !😊

Have a lovely week friends! Deb

Nov.14, adding machine paper,and scraps

Remember the rolls of adding machine paper… I have ,had some just sitting around collecting dust. I hated to just throw them out as the old machine no longer worked. As I was trying to clean up my sewing room some, I came across these rolls again.” Look” I said to myself,either you do something with these things or pitch them. Putting them back is not allowed…. Here’s the product of, not allowed ,to put them back. 

I pulled out the little scraps that were piling up. Sewed them to the paper that I cut into lengths of  8 inches. Then trimmed the sides. Nice little strips were soon piling up.
Then I discovered I had these left over strips. Perfect for this little quilt top. Now it will make its way to a group of ladies who finish them for charities. 

My daughter gave me an idea of making a tic tac toe quilt top out of the strips. I think I will for I still have some left over. 

Then I put together two other baby quilt tops.  I had a really bad headache so I had stop sewing a top that required thinking which I wasn’t up too… πŸ˜• but just sitting around just made me go into self pity mode. 

Now I have a box full of quilt blocks to sew up in a hurry ,if the need arises. I pulled it out ,found some blocks ,Then sewed in a robotic fashion. These didn’t take any brain!!


After a few days I went back to working on this top.

As I was sewing I realized that it was going to need a little toning down. A dark brown border fabric fit the bill.

As I was cleaning I also discovered that the borders weren’t put on this little quilt… That’s what happens when you jump to another project before your finished!!

I still didn’t finish the sewing room …when picking up the scraps left over ,from the little scrap strips made from the machine paper. I made these blocks.. Not sure how I will use them but they are stacked nicely on a shelf,instead of scraps hanging out of a box.


And is the sewing room clean yet…..well, part of it is!πŸ€“

 This little fella slipped in the window to see what I was up too!so for a bit there was a lizard chase on ,to shoo it back out.  
These are my daughters babies… Aren’t they so sweet!   

This young man helped PopPop change oil in the work trucks. My sons boy.

Have a great week, friends!

Oct.24,th Β a busy week

The weather has been very pleasant with lots of sunny days, with cool evenings . It’s a perfect time for roasting hot dogs or sausages over the fire pit. It’s also a good time for butchering. We did up some sausage and made it into links. Then cold smoked them.

The family just loves these served with homemade wheat pancakes on Saturday morning.

Another favorite ,come fall is apple butter making. I do most of the work for this. It is something I enjoy! I do it over the fire pit. It takes most of the day to cook down. I put foil around my pot so that the smoke doesn’t soot the pot up,for it is a lot of hard scrubbing to get soot off .

It is also time to cleanup under the pecan trees so that as the nuts drop it isn’t so hard to pick them up. So as I was doing Apple butter ,I worked on the cleaning up.

I almost waited to long for I did find some fresh pecan nuts.. Pecan pie will be on our thanksgiving table. πŸ˜„

I also had time for a little sewing. I was able to finish this quilt top . I’m happy with the way this pattern turn out. 

And while I was trying to get a photo of the quilt top, a little dog just had to have her picture taken! She barked at me then sat there looking at me with those eyes… I took the picture ,showed it to her ,and that was one pleased little dog!!conceited much? :)) 

 Take care friends, Deb